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Moebius 1955 Chrysler 300 convertible

Chrysler 300 convertible
Moebius No. 1201
Model Type: Injection-molded styrene
Molded Colors: Gray, clear, translucent red
Scale: 1/25
MSRP: $28.99
Pros: Well-done engine; easy final assembly; enjoyable build
Cons: Windows difficult to install cleanly
Following its fantastic 1953 Hudson Hornet kit, Moebius’ next all- new plastic kit is the beautiful 1955 Chrysler 300C. After I had such an enjoyable time building the Hudson kit, I was eager to work on the Chrysler and see how they compared.
Everything is molded in light gray, separately bagged, and well packaged. There is also the usual chrome tree, small decal sheet, and an excellent set of preprinted wide whitewall tires. There is also clear for the glass, as well as a small clear red sprue for the taillights.

Instructions are written and arranged exactly like the Hudson ones, as well with all the color callouts, and photos of the finished model provided.

The proportions of the body look good. I’ve seen a few opinions that the rear of the roof seemed a bit high. Frankly, the assembled body looks great, and it’s not something that really bothered me while building it.

There are several Chrysler logos molded into the body; one on each rear fender and another across the front grille area. There is no real clean way to make these stand out after painting, and replacements are available on the decal sheet, so I decided to sand them off and smooth over those areas.  

The floor pan is molded separately from the chassis, making painting and assembly a  bit easier. The front seats are in two pieces, with a small seam to address, and the rear is one piece. The dash, side panels and steering wheel are all molded separately and will require some fine detail-painting and foil work.  

I like to assemble all of the front suspension before paint, to make things a bit sturdier. The rear suspension is fairly simple, and goes together without issue as well.

The engine is one of the real highlights of this kit. It has some excellent, crisp molding, and has enough pieces to really capture the look of the 1:1 engine. The valve covers will require a bit of masking, but look fantastic once assembled.

With the various subassemblies done, things literally fall into place. The chassis snaps to the floor pan/interior and holds so tight glue wasn’t even required. After the engine is installed, the exhaust pipes practically fall onto the exhaust manifolds without even trying to line them up.

I ran into my first speed bump installing the windows. They’re designed to fit into the window frame opening and be flush with the body. If there is any paint buildup, and foil buildup along the edges, it can be a bit of a challenge to get them in place without ruining the trim work. The front window went in fine, but I really struggled to get the rear one in.

My favorite part of building a Moebius kit is final assembly. On some kits, getting the interior and chassis fit into the body can be a real challenge. But on the Hudson and this kit, things just dropped right into place.

All in all, another fantastic kit from Moebius. The subject matter is not something I would normally have an interest in,but these kits are so much fun to build, and look so good when finished, I keep building them no matter what the car is!

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